My creative habit: In my last A to Z post, I hinted at the role intention plays in my creative pursuits. Usually I'm ranting about the big picture, and keeping perspective, but when I am busy-busy-busy with holiday orders, the hardest thing for me is to keep my eyes on the little picture: to remember that each person who has placed an order will (I hope) use my little creation to add a bit of beauty to their everyday world. And so I try to channel good thoughts through my hand and into my artwork. (So much easier when I have ten orders on my plate instead of a hundred!) It is the same when I'm stitching; hand-stitching is ideal for thinking/dreaming as you work. (And since it is a slow process, thinking about the final result is a big motivator.) A customer I've had for years once told me that she returns because she always has an emotional response to my work. Is that my intention coming through? I can't think of a better compliment.